Category Archives: Progressive Sermons

Lectionary Sermon May 31, 2020, Pentecost Year A on Acts 2: 1 – 21

Challenged by Fire and MysteryMaking sense of the strange accounts of Easter and its aftermath has long been a challenge for Christians in a scientific age. And if that wasn’t hard enough, before we can reflect on much of the … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for 24 May, 2020 (Easter 7 Year A) on John 17:1-11

FINDING RELEVANCE IN TODAY’S SET TEXT? Some parts of the Bible are a real challenge for those seeking guidance for current real life challenges. Sometimes it is pure happenstance that a particular set reading coincides with a current issue. And … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for 17 May 2020, (Easter 6 A) on John 14:15-21

Commandments that call for ActionWhat the gospel writers chose to highlight in the central teaching of Jesus or say about his emphasis is not always how his aspiring followers subsequently live their response. Most church goers would for example be … Continue reading

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Lectionary sermon for May 10 2020 (Easter 5 A) on John 14:1-14

Deeds Greater than Those of the Master?Occasionally, life can get very tough indeed. One of the hardest lessons for those of us enjoying lives of comfort and privilege in a local setting where the majority enjoy lives of security – … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon Easter 4 May 3 2020 on John 10:1-10

On Being the Sheep or the GateThe gospels portray Jesus as a master story teller and as a wonderful example of someone who lives his message. Many hymns we sing in our worship services focus on praising Jesus and of … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for Easter 3 Year A (April 26, 2020) on Luke 24; 13 -35

The Emmaus Road: A Parable about Jesus?There are some strange stories in the Bible and I suspect many of them are so bizarre we were never intended to take them all as literal, particularly with some of the weird stories … Continue reading

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Lectionary sermon for 19 April 2020 Year A Easter 2 on John 20: 19-31

LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE SKEPTICS The expression “Doubting Thomas” is traditionally used to heap scorn on those who question some aspect of faith. I want to suggest that this is not just a disservice to Thomas but even a … Continue reading

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